The first 100 active-duty troops have arrived at the U.S.-Mexican border to provide support for Border Patrol agents as a caravan of migrants slowly makes its way northward from Central America, a Defense Department official told Fox News on Thursday evening.

Soldiers from the the 89th Military Police Brigade, and 41st Engineering Company, 19th Engineering Battalion, Fort Riley, KS., arrive at Valley International Airport, Harlingen, TX to conduct the first missions along the southern border in support of Operation FAITHFUL PATRIOT November 1, 2018. Soldiers, will provide a range of support including planning assistance, engineering support, equipment and resources to assist the Department of Homeland Security along the southwest border. (U.S. Air Force photo by SrA Alexandra Minor)
Image credit: U.S. Air Force photo by SrA Alexandra Minor

The troops are doing initial assessments at the port of entry in McAllen, Texas. The official said there are about 2,600 troops now at staging bases, largely in Texas, with several thousand more expected to flow in through the weekend and move into California and Arizona.

Image credit: U.S. Air Force photo by SrA Alexandra Minor
Image credit: U.S. Air Force photo by SrA Alexandra Minor

The Pentagon said more than 7,000 active-duty troops are being sent to the southern border, with more possible. President Trump has said the number could reach 15,000.

Image credit: U.S. Air Force photo by SrA Alexandra Minor

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